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Diamante K in Tulum open, resumes construction despite closure

Tulum, Q.R. – Diamante K hotel in Tulum continues to accept guests and has resumed construction despite being closed down by Profepa.

On Saturday, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) officially closed the Diamante K hotel at Tulum National Park for the illegal construction of a concrete wall. The wall was being built around the perimeter of the hotel and in doing so, was destroying protected fauna.

Those involved in the construction of the wall  failed to provide the mandatory environmental impact statement with their request, which lead to Saturday’s closure of the premises.

On Monday, however, work crews were spotted finishing the construction of the wall. Instead of building a concrete structure as originally started, work crews were finishing the construction with wood.

Along one of the concrete fence walls is where Profepa placed two large canvass “clausurado” (closed down) signs with the folio numbers referring to the violations incurred in regard to the General Law on Environmental Protection.

According to Profepa, hotel owners were reminded of the consequences of breaking the closure and continuing with construction. Under Article 187 of the Federal Penal Code, offenders can be held liable for a fine of up to 20,000 days minimum wage.

The hotel manager of refused comment about the initial closure of the establishment, which is owned by actor Roberto Palazuelos Badeaus, who is also president of the Association of Hotels in Tulum. Current guests of Daimante K hotel were seen around the premises and sunbathing on the beach.

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